We got settled in a bright red shopping cart and set out. Rhett started swinging those little legs hanging out of the cart and reached for everything we passed on the aisles. He was so happy to be out and about. He loves grocery shopping and all of the bright colors and different shapes and textures. He keeps track of the things I put in the cart and loves playing with empty produce bags. Rhett smiles at everyone we pass and makes lots of new friends.
As we were nearing the check out stand, a lady motioned us over to her lane and pulled Rhett and the cart behind the counter. Rhett looked at me across the counter and smiled his little cheesy smile and my heart almost stopped. He is getting so old so fast and I just realized in that instant how much I love that little boy and his sweet personality.
Rhett wouldn't let go of the bag of clementines (his favorite food) so the lady had to scan them and leave them in his tight grip. As we walked out with our bag full of groceries, Rhett almost jumped out of my arms because he was so excited about something. He had found a telephone wire full of birds. Some were flying away and some were just sitting squawking but they might as well have been the tigers at the zoo. He even found one hopping on the ground and insisted we follow it till it finally flew away. He was screaming and so excited about his little discovery.
We put the groceries in the car and then on a whim headed to Petsmart, which is right next to Trader Joes. We have no pets and absolutely no reason to go to Petsmart- besides a chance to see some fish for free. Rhett loved those little fish. 13 cents for a goldfish. What a deal! I didn't buy one. Maybe because my little 12 year old sister in law is still waiting for hers to die, two years later. Yep, we were there, the poor med student's wife and her baby, at Petsmart, looking at fish for entertainment.
We walked past this 6 or 7 year old boy and Rhett once again almost jumped out of my arms. He was so excited to meet this little boy. The little boy didn't quite know what to do so he just started explaining the nearest hamster cage to me. We said goodbye and moved on to the doggie toys which Rhett also got very excited about. I realized doggie toys are very similar to baby toys. Dog Chew toys, baby teething toys, same thing just sold at different stores. We ended our trip to Petsmart by watching a video on "The Furminator," an exciting infomercial about a new shedding tool for dogs. Rhett loved it.
We left Petsmart and Rhett was having such a good time that I just couldn't go strap him back in his carseat. We went into the next store, Whole Earth Provision Company, and found a really fun baby section. Rhett fell in love with a maraca while we walked around looking at puzzles, books, stuffed animals, and other toys. More free entertainment. Finally, my arms were so tired and it was past Rhett's nap time and I realized Rhett would stay out all day and find more and more things to avoid a nap. I carefully took the maraca out of his hands and left the store without buying anything.